Disorientation Re/Presentation

Disorientation Re-Presentation

Paper and publication presented at  the symposium Artists and the Philosophers We Love  at the University of Hertfordshire, UK in June 2019, Publication (forthcoming) in Writing Visual Culture.

Abstract.

This paper takes seriously Bruno Latour’s challenge to replace the blue marble with a better representation of the earth. Latour makes the provocative claim that we need to replace our conception of the earth from the well-worn planetary view defined and accepted since the beginning of modern science in order to shift our attention away from the globe to the surface of the earth, to the critical zone where all life exists. Through an analysis of two alternative representations presented by Bruno Latour in his performance/lecture, Inside, this paper explores the powers and limits of representation, focusing on the question: can philosophy, art and science, by working together, change the way we know the world, and our relationship and attitude towards it, by successfully changing our representations of it?